An opportunity for historians with an interest in the Black Lives Matter movement to engage with activists.
History Acts workshops are led by activists, who give a short talk or presentation about their work. Historians working on a relevant topic will then respond, before opening it up to group discussion.
Chairs: Steffan Blayney & Guy Beckett (Birkbeck, University of London)
Tippa Naphtali is the founder of 4WardEver UK and the cousin of custody death victim, Mikey Powell, from Birmingham. Established June 2006, 4WardEver provides a one-stop-resource for case profiles, news and event details, useful resources, statistics, appeals, and more in relation to deaths and abuses whilst in custody; including the death penalty, other injustices and human rights abuses in the UK and internationally.
& Malachi Thomas from Black Lives Matter UK
Christienna Fryar is an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo State and a historian of the nineteenth-century British Empire, the Modern Caribbean, and comparative slavery and emancipation. Her research interests include colonial administration in postemancipation Jamaica, disasters, Black Europe, language politics, sports and the rise of the British Commonwealth, and more broadly, the ever-changing relationship between the United Kingdom and the Anglophone Caribbean.
Kennetta Perry specializes in Atlantic World history with a particular emphasis on transnational race politics, empire, migration and movements for citizenship among people of African descent in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Her book, London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford University Press, 2015) examines how a largely Afro-Caribbean population of Black Britons advocated for citizenship rights and transformed the political landscape in Britain in the decades following World War II.